CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Cape Canaveral Hospital evacuated more than 90 patients since Tuesday. Ambulances have been transporting patients to other hospitals because of hurricane Matthew.
“Our role is the safety of the patients,” said Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital Spokesperson Matthew Gerrell. “We’re taking them to Health First Regional, Health First Viera Hospital, and Health First Palm Bay.”
The most critical patients were evacuated on Tuesday. They started with ICU patients to new mothers and their newborns. The hospital spokesperson said transporting those patients is a delicate process. “Children could be 24 hours old so we have to make sure they’re taken care of, they’re safe and secured so we moved them to the other location,” said Gerrell.
Staff also made sure that the whole process was a smooth and easy transition for patients. “We’ve been doing rounds since yesterday talk with the patients, they seem to be very calm and they’re thankful that we’re keeping them safe,” said the Director of Emergency Services Kimberly Cribb with Cape Canaveral Hospital.
The hospital said they’re not accepting any new patients until after the storm. Staff decided to evacuate once the Brevard County Emergency Management ordered a mandatory evacuation for the area Wednesday. “We’re really organized and prepared for it,” said Cribb.
The hospital said the last time they had to do evacuations like the one today was in 2004 for Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances.